The Champaign Urbana Community Fab Lab is an open source community of people who like to design and make things. Our principal focus is to provide a safe and fun learning environment, so that students of all ages can master modern design and fabrication technology. The Fab Lab features tools and work space for teachers, students, technical hobbyists, artisans, and others. We celebrate entrepreneurial initiative. The Fab Lab makes available to the community many resources, including skilled volunteers, computers, computer-controlled (CNC) machines, and electronics assembly tools. These high tech tools make it possible for people of all ages and skill levels to build virtually anything imaginable. The Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab is part of a global network of Fab Labs -- making possible many connections with likeminded people around the world.
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Mary K Watson writes:
The first presentation at the United States Fab Lab Network (USFLN) Annoual Symposium in Kansas City was done by the Rapid Tech.org which has the Bright Minds Mentoring program with teacher training workshop for educators They have four days of hands on experience to learn the secondary processes for using the machines and then how to use it in the classroom as well as industry seminars for companies. They have opened a fab lab and Fox Valley works with them on prototyping development.
These are some of the other presenters:
Betty Barrett writes:
Today Mary Kay, Mercedes, and I are at the USFLN conference in Kansas City. There are, perhaps, 50 to 60 people in attendance from 10 to 20 fab labs all at different stages of development. Here are some of the ideas that have come up so far that may be worth exploring at CUCFL.
Notes below the fold:
The CUCFL "Friends" held the first general meeting on Dec. 16, 2010.
The next meeting will be 20 Jan 2011 (tentative).
Please find attached notes from the Dec. meeting.
-- REMcG, acting chair
Full post and discussion here:
We've created a new Facebook Page for the Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab:
In addition to actually using the page, links to posts on the Fab Lab website are automatically posted to this page's wall.
We've also added a "Share" button to our website that will allow website users to easily link to content using dozens of social networking services.
Lastly, since I post on cucfablab.org far more often than I post on Facebook, I've set up my Facebook account to automatically share items that I post in "Luke Scharf's Blog". If anyone wants to see how to set this up, let me know and I'll either show you how to do it or post a writeup.
For questions about the Fab Lab in general see our page for the press.
If I wish to visit the FabLab for the first time:
The Business/Operations committee writes:
Fab Lab Open Session Hours, beginning Monday 12/20/2010:
Closing the Lab – A Check List:
Give everyone 15 minutes notice
Make sure all projects are complete or appropriately saved or stored
Turn off all computers (shutting down windows, pressing the “on/off” buttons, and turning on power strips)
Turn off the laser cutter and the associated computer
Turn off the vinyl cutter and the associated computer
Opening the Lab – A Check List:
Check for any leaks in water lines or any other circumstance that could be a safety hazard
Turn on lights
Make coffee (instructions available)
Turn on all computers (turning on power strips and “on/off” buttons on each computer with log in “fablab” and the same password)
Policy on “Consumables:”
The overall policy on consumables is to encourage experimentation with low cost materials, but to cover costs with more expensive materials and to charge high volume users fees that help to maintain Fab Lab tools, equipment and other expenses.
Cardboard for prototypes is provided free (members are encourage to recycle clean, food-free cardboard for use in the lab.
CUCFL Operating Rules
Roster of Committee Members
Curriculum and Programming Committee
Fab Lab IT Committee
CUCFL Operations Committee Charter